Ayacucho, Peru

The best quality obsidian is mined in the southern part of Ayacucho department. Facetable, dark grey to almost black to brown obsidian. The black variety is translucent in thin splitters, the brown is more opaque. Both colours are often mixed on one piece and both have a very high lustre when polished. Some stones have attractive oscillating thin black layers in a pale smoky matrix.

Ref: J.Hyrsl (2012) Gemstones of Peru, pp. 55, 86

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Localities in this Region

  • Ayacucho
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